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Sanibel Sea School still has summer program openings

By Staff | May 10, 2019


Summertime is made for adventure, and adventure can take many forms – like paddling epic distances, snorkeling with coral reef creatures, and camping under the stars.

The Sanibel Sea School has much excitement in store for its teen campers this summer, and there are still a few spaces available in some of the programs. Some of the available offerings include:

– Have Paddleboard, Will Survive Week

June 10-14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (overnight camping trip on Thursday)

Ages 13-18; cost is $400


How much of Sanibel have you explored? Ever cruised through the canals or traversed the sandbars at low tide? This week will be an adventure to the lesser-known places on Sanibel and we’re going to do it by paddleboard. We’ll leave no shell unturned and inspect every nook and cranny of the mangroves – we’re island explorers. We’ll learn basic paddle boarding skills and survival skills that will be as useful in the city as on a desert island. Tire changing races, fire-starting contests and shelter-building competitions are all part of the plan. We will also learn basic first aid, and figure out how to find food and water in the wilderness. On Thursday night, paddle out to Picnic Island to put our new skills to the test – the conditions will be primitive, the bugs will be many, and the memories will be fantastic.

– Wahine Toa Week

June 17-21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (overnight camping trip on Thursday)

Female campers ages 13-18; cost is $400

Wahine Toa is a Polynesian phrase that roughly translates to fierce ocean woman warrior. This week, 12 teens will become ocean women warriors in our girls only camp. In this program, we’ll learn paddleboarding skills and survival skills and gain a strong sense of confidence – girl power. We’ll learn practical skills like how to change a tire and how to jumpstart a car, we’ll build fires from the ground up, and we’ll learn how to make the best shelter on the beach. We will also learn basic first aid and wilderness survival skills – everything you need to know whether you’re in the city or stranded on an island with only a paddle in hand. We will finish off the week with an epic paddle out to a small, uninhabited island to spend the night under the stars and practice our new skills. The conditions are primitive, but the memories are fantastic. We then complete an epic, long paddle to a distant island. Those that finish will know themselves as Wahine Toa.


– Keys Coral Reef Week

July 8-13 (ages 11-12) and July 15-19 (ages 13-15)

Overnight camping expedition; cost is $575

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is one of 14 marine protected areas in the United States and we are lucky campers to be able to zip out to Looe Key and see sharks and eagle rays and goliath groupers and midnight parrot fish, pillar corals, mountainous corals, and the list goes on. And “lucky campers” isn’t just a phrase. We camp in gender and age segregated eight-person tents at the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge and Campground, and we study the reef and the Florida Keys habitat. It’s a hot, glorious week of learning, snorkeling with good friends and soon to be good friends, campfires and tent competitions. Please note that we are once again separating our Keys Coral Reef Week program into two age groups this year, and be sure to register for the appropriate session.

– What’s SUP in the Keys?

July 22-26 (SUP-based overnight expedition)

Ages 13-18; cost is $400

Get ready to see the Florida Keys from a new perspective – atop standup paddleboards. This week we’ll set up base camp at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and go on daily excursions to explore the marine environments of the Florida Keys. We’ll load the SUP trailer and venture down to Long Key, and Bahia Honda State Parks to paddle in some of the most beautiful places in Florida. By day we’ll paddle over corals and seagrass beds, and by night we’ll cook for ourselves, and have campfires under the stars. From our boards, we will easily don our masks and explore that crystal clear water. This trip will challenge our paddle skills, perfect our camping skills, and create memories that will last forever.

– Cayo Costa Kayak Coddiwomple

July 29 to Aug. 2 (kayak-based overnight expedition)

Ages 13-18; cost is $400

An unforgettable five-day adventure. You’ll start on Sanibel, exploring the mangrove-lined canals by kayak, meeting new friends, and planning for your cabin-based camping trip to Florida’s Cayo Costa State Park. Tuesday starts bright and early with a seven-mile expedition to Cayo Costa, launching from Pine Island. You’ll spend the rest of the week paddling along the shoreline, snorkeling in the sea, hiking through the upland forest, water coloring, playing music and cards around a campfire, cooking group meals, basking in the sun, and who knows what else? Surprise is the key ingredient in any adventure.

For more information or to register, visit www.sanibelseaschool.org/summer-camp-at-sanibel.